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"He seems a very friendly person" said Holmes, laughing. "I am not quite so bulky, but if he had remained I might have shown him that my grip was not much more feeble than his own". As he spoke he picked up the steel poker and, with a sudden effort, straightened it out again.

"Well, this incident gives zest to our investigation, however, and I only trust that our little friend will not suffer for her imprudence in allowing this brute to trace her.

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